Magazine November 25, 2019, Issue

Character Effects

(Roman Genn)
The consequences of Trump’s traits

A president’s character is always a political issue. Arguments about it are part of the political conversation, and views on it influence voters’ behavior. During the Donald Trump presidency, though, the issue has become omnipresent. Widespread objections to Trump personally seem to be why his job approval has been stuck in the low 40s even with a strong economy and relative peace. A high proportion of the commentary about public affairs over the last few years — both on the op-ed pages of elite newspapers and in your friends’ social-media posts — has concerned his character, and secondarily the character

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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